Courtesy of Equine Journal, written by Terisé Cole What is an artificial training tool? Look it up and you’ll get a vague description that varies between disciplines, barns, and trainers. From traditional tack seen in the hunter and jumper rings like martingales to those only allowed outside the show ring such as draw reins, these types of tack are commonly seen in use for a […]
Do you collapse through the ribcage when you ride? Do you have trouble keeping your shoulders level? Does one hand always want to curl inward? Do you feel like one side of your body is stronger? Or maybe you feel like one leg is longer than the other? All of these problems may stem from how you use the muscles in the torso. Here’s a quick tip to help tone your torso, eliminate the collapse and level your shoulders.
Hi, I am getting a new horse in a week or so. She is an AQHA yearling filly and I need advice! I would like to train her for pole bending and trail riding. Are there exercises I can do with her now that would make all that easier for her when she is ready for serious training?
I am in the process of breaking in a 3-year-old filly. She is very sweet and well mannered, and I can hop on her and ride her around bareback with a halter all the time. I am currently in the process of teaching her how to allow a saddle to be placed on her back. It took awhile, but she will now let that happen.
Question from a rider: I'm trying to figure out how to teach my horse to spin, what is the easiest way to get them started? I've been having trouble with them wanting to suck back and hop with their front end and not staying on their inside pivot foot. Steve Kutie's reply: I'm sure that everyone has seen a reining horse spinning like a...
I know you are probably tired of hearing from me by now but I have a question. I'm not concerned about this but find it unusual as does everyone I ride with. Everytime I go riding with Lightfoot, he has to urinate. He usually does it in the same few areas.
In this third installment of horsemanship tips, I want to talk about the first steps up to the cone and the start of your pattern. The first things that I look for (other than what we discussed in earlier articles), is for proper adjustment of tack, equipment, and communication between horse and rider. Some obvious issues are: incorrect bridle adjustment and cinches not tightened up and tucked away
In this second installment we are going to get into proper equipment, tack, and attire. Saddles, bridles and tack are the next thing we notice when an exhibitor walks into the ring. I am not one who likes tons of silver and who bought the most expensive saddle.
How do I give my horsemanship patterns a polished look that can win? What are the first things that catch your eye as a judge?
Do you have trouble stopping your horse? Do you brace against your stirrups while pulling back on the reins? Does your horse fall forward when you move off? You may be doing too much with your arms and not enough with your seat. Stabilizing your elbows by your sides may be the answer.